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Foreign Ministry: Russia to expel one Finnish diplomat

The ministry said that the diplomat must leave Russian within two weeks.

Venäjän ulkoministeriö Moskovassa.
The Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow. Image: Maxim Zmeyev / AFP

Russia has decided to expel one Finnish diplomat from the country. On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed Finnish ambassador Mikko Hautala of the decision, the Finnish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Finnish diplomat must leave Russia within two weeks. The ministry disclosed that the diplomat had been stationed at the Finnish Embassy in Moscow, but did not disclose the individual’s identity. It added that the expulsion was not linked to any of the individual’s activities.

The expulsion follows Finland decision to send home one Russian with diplomatic status working at the Russian embassy in Helsinki. Finland joined several other EU countries and the US in retaliatory action over alleged Russian involvement in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury in the UK. So far, more than 20 countries have sent home over 150 Russian diplomats over the incident.

On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned ambassadors from several European countries to inform them of the countermeasures. On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had indicated that his government would retaliate in like manner for the expulsions.

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